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  • Summary: The 41st full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Jay Berliner and The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. 80
    There are at least a handful of tracks that should be included in the next Morrison greatest hits package. ... Based on the vibrant, often vivacious Three Chords and the Truth, he still has plenty of artistic gas left in his tank.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 19, 2019
    80
    Morrison languidly strolls though the light and dark of his past stylistic glories over 14 entirely new self-penned songs. [Jan 2020, p.110]
  3. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    There’s an abiding sense of confident inspiration permeating the material as well as the musicianship, including most especially the worldly performances of Van Morrison himself.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    There was a time when Morrison created elaborate, adventurous arrangements, but for decades now he has fallen back on standard tropes of rhythm and blues, accompanied by virtuoso musicians trading tasteful licks. Yet Morrison can still clamber inside a song and punch through, as if battling for emotional release, until that gorgeously modulated voice soars somewhere unexpected.
  5. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Given Three Chords and the Truth's 70-minute run time, there's a lot to digest, but it's worth it. Morrison is in excellent voice throughout; his energy is kinetic and his songwriting -- even when he's complaining -- is fresh, humorous, soulful, and insightful. A natural companion to Keep Me Singing, this is Morrison at his best.
  6. Oct 31, 2019
    73
    Though he sticks closely to the conservative R&B, blues, and jazz modes that have defined his ’00s discography, the LP’s 14 songs showcase his determination to wring profundity out of even the most common language.
  7. Uncut
    Oct 24, 2019
    70
    Very much a Van Morrison album, and a pretty decent Van Morrison album at that, tapping into that apparently inextinguishable reservoir of muscular yet crotchety blues. [Dec 2019, p.30]

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  1. Oct 25, 2019
    7
    It's an improvement over the recent slew of cover albums he's dropped since it features all original material. For the most part, It's aIt's an improvement over the recent slew of cover albums he's dropped since it features all original material. For the most part, It's a pretty solid album. It doesn't necessarily stand out in his stacked discography but it'll leave fans satisfied. IMO - It stands out strong and fades in the second half. Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2019
    0
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